Search Examples

To search just type in the text you are looking for. All text saerches are not case specific. e.g.

Searching for Words or Phrases

Enter castle to list all items with the word castle in their names or descriptions.

If you enter words separated by spaces then items containing any of the words will be returned, e.g entering ''christmas robin'' will display items containing ''christmas'' or ''robin''.

If you want search for a phrase then enclose it in quotes, e.g. "christmas robin" will search for items using the whole phrase ''christmas robins''.

Using Keywords

To narrow down the items you are searching for you can enter any number or combination of the following keywords. Each keyword is followed by a colon (:) and the value. More than one value can be entered separated by a comma. Keywords available include:

kind Different item types, e.g. S for stamps, PP for presentation packs
year Items from a single or range of years
value Items with a specific value
valuen Items with a specific numeric value or within a range of values
type Definitive, Special or Regional stamps
region Regional stamps from Wales, Scotland and so on
reign Items issued in a particular reign
printer Items printed by a particular printer
process Items printed using a particular process
gum Items printed with a particluar gum backing
contrib Items contributed by a specific user

By combining keywords and/or text phrases you can quickly build specific and complex queries to identify the items you would like to see.

kind:'type'

Displays the different types of items that can be collected such as presentation packs and miniature sheets. You can combine as many of these as you want.

kind:s Display Stamps
kind:set Display Stamp Set
kind:pp Display Presentation Packs
kind:fdc Display First Day Covers
kind:ms Display Miniature Sheets
kind:sp Display Souvenir Packs
kind:psb Prestige Stamp Books
kind:yp Display Year Packs
kind:phq Display Postcards
kind:mvb Machine Vending Books
kind:fcb Folding Counter Books

year:'year'

Displays items issued in a specific year. If you enter a year less than 10 it will be year 2000-2010. If you enter a year between 11 and 99 it will be a year 1911-1999.

A range of years can be used by separating them with a dash, e.g. 39-45 or 1998-2002. You can omit the from or to year in the range and the search will display items up to or from the specific year.

year:1981 Display year 1981
year:04 Display year 2004
year:35 Display year 1935
year:39-45 Display years 1939-1945
year:-67 Display years up to 1967
year:99- Display years from 1999

value:'value'

Displays items of the specified value

Values can use pre-decimal and decimal notation, e.g 10p, 1s, 1s6d, 10. All values are converted to pence.

A range of values can be used by separating them with a dash, e.g. 2p-9p, 1s-1s6d

You can omit the from or to value in the range and the search will display items up to or greater than the specified value.

value:10p Display items issued with a value of 10 pence
value:1 Display items issued with a value of 1 pound
valuen:2p-9p Display items issued with a value between 2 and 9 pence
valuen:1s- Display items issued with a value greater than 1 shilling (5 pence)
valuen:-60 Display items issued with a value less than 60 pence
valuen:lv Display low value items - issued with a value less than 1 pound
valuen:hv Display high value items - issued with a value more than 1 pound

Currently only definitive items can be searched using a value

type:'Issue Type'

Displays items and issues of particular type

type:c Commemorative
type:m Machin Definitive
type:r Regional Definitive
type:d Definitive

region:'Region'

Displays issues and items of specified region

region:gb Great Britain
region: w Wales
region: s Scotland
region: e England
region: n Northen Ireland
region: j Jersey
region: g Guernsey
region: i Isle of Man

In addition you can also use UK, Wales, Wal, Scotland, Sco, Ireland, NI, England, Eng, IOM

reign:'reign'

Displays items issued in a particular reign.

reign:v Queen Victoria
reign:evii King Edward VII
reign:gv King George V
reign:eviii King Edward VIII
reign:gvi King George VI
reign:qeii Queen Elizabeth II

printer:'printer'

Displays items printed by the specified printer

Note: This will only search issues where printer information has been entered.

printer:harrison Harrison & Sons Ltd
printer:delarue De La Rue Security Print
printer:dlr De La Rue Security Print
printer:questa The House of Questa
printer:joh Joh Enschede
printer:walsall Walsall Security Print
printer:cartor Cartor Security Print

process:'process'

Displays items printed by the specified process

Note: This will only search issues where print process information has been entered.

process:photogravure Photogravure
process:gravure Gravure
process:litho Lithography
process:offset Offset Lithography
process:intaglio Intaglio

gum:'gum'

Displays items with specified gum or adhesive

Note: This will only search issues where gum information has been entered.

gum:pva PVA
gum:dextrin PVA Dextrin
printer:self Self-Adhesive

Examples

animals Display all items with word animals in description or title
christmas robin kind:s Display stamps with words christmas or robin within their names or descriptions
"christmas robin" year:1- Display items with the phrase "christmas robin" from 2001 onwards
cricket year:73 Display all items with word cricket in description or title issued in 1973
art year:2000 kind:pp Display presentation packs with word art in description or title issued in 1973
kind:ms Display all miniature sheets
reign:gvi Display everything issued in the reign of King George VI
kind:s kind:pp year:1999 Display all stamps and presentation packs issued in 1999
kind:ms,fdc Display all miniature sheets and first day covers
kind:pp year:97-01 Display all presentation packs between 1997 and 2001
year:78-79,82-85 kind:pp kind:fdc Display presentation packs and first day covers between 1978-1979 and 1982-1985
value:1s3d Display all stamps with value of 1s3d
type:r region:wales valuen:2p-9p Display Welsh regional definitives with values between 2p and 9p
printer:dlr year:97,99 Display items printed by De La Rue in the years 1997 and 1999

Coming soon:

Additional keywords for Themes, Series ans Lists